Lesser Spot-nosed Guenon

Cercopithecus petaurista

Meet Our Troop

Three lesser spot-nosed guenons call the Central Florida Zoo home.

About the Species

Guenons have several ways in which they communicate with each other.

Guenons use a variety of methods to communicate with each other. The spot-nosed guenon alarm call sounds like a cat purring. The male of the group will use the purring sound to distract the predator while the rest of the troop uses the distraction to seek safety elsewhere. Body language is also important to guenons. They open their mouths showing their teeth, close their eyelids, as well as move their head or tail to get their message across to others. Guenons are known for their facial adornments such as mustaches, beards, and throat ruff. The lesser spot-nosed guenon is brown/gray with a white beard, and a white mark on their nose.

Words From the Experts

Quotes

You wouldn't be able to tell at first glance under all that fur, but spot-nosed guenons have blue skin.

Kara

Did You Know?

Lesser spot-nosed guenons have cheek pouches which are used to carry food while foraging.

Facts

Origin

Central and Western Africa

Habitat

tropical forests and woodlands

Size

4.2 to 6.6 kg

Diet

leaves, fruits, some insects

Predators

bird of prey, leopard, chimpanzee

Natural Defenses

varying alarm calls depending on the location and type of predator

Reproduction

give birth to a single young

Status

Least concern

Life Expectancy

median life expectancy 16 years

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